US artist Agnes Denes’s site-specific flag set up is fluttering within the breeze within the Venice lagoon, her newest cultural name to motion coinciding with the twenty sixth UN Local weather Change Convention, Cop26 in Glasgow (till 12 November). The flag, put in by native fishermen final month, is the most recent iteration in an environmental challenge led by Therapeutic Arts, a non-profit based final yr by the Culturunners organisation and the World Well being Organisation’s Arts & Well being Programme.
“Denes’s flag calls out for an pressing response, not solely to Covid-19 but additionally to local weather change—as she has been doing via her artwork over the previous 50 years. With UN environmental businesses describing the virus as nature’s first ‘warning shot’ to civilisations taking part in with fireplace, it’s a stark reminder of the necessity for cooperation throughout borders and generations,” in response to a press assertion.
The set up marks the shut of Therapeutic Arts Venice, a six-month programme in partnership with Group Jameel (Artwork Jameel’s sister organisation); Ocean House run by the TBA-21 Academy; and Ark Re-Imagined, the organisation behind the pavilion of Iraq on the 2021 Venice Structure Biennale.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Well being Organisation, tweeted: “Throughout Cop26, watch this video exhibiting a Therapeutic Arts Set up…by environmental artist Agnes Denes. The set up is a cultural name to motion in response to the disaster of human and planetary well being.”
In April, Denes’s flag—emblazoned with the message The Future is Fragile, Deal with with Care—was hoisted above Tate Britain in London, marking the conclusion of the Therapeutic Arts London challenge and the launch of a world 2021 Arts & Well being marketing campaign.
Therapeutic Arts will host a symposium on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York on 14 November which examines the difficulty: how are the humanities a significant funding in our bodily, psychological, and social well being throughout the lifespan?